So, what counts as usage and what counts as standby?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cathyy, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    I've noticed several times that even though my phone is supposedly on 'standby' mode, the battery timer under 'usage' still continues to go up despite the fact that the phone isn't doing anything and the screen is off. It's not even playing music.

    Battery life seems to drain faster too. I usually either have to reboot it or delete all my apps which are frozen in 'multitasking' mode.

    I'm using an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1
  2. jas1973 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    anytime your phone is standing by not being used counts as stand-by

    anytime you are using your phone for any of its functions counts as usage.
  3. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Any clue why my usage counter goes up then even when my phone is standing by and not being used?
  4. jas1973 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    push e mail?

    fetch email settings?
  5. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana

    any sort of audio that is playing
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Not really, listening to the iPod app won't increase usage or my usage would be at years now. Listening to anything requiring data would increase this.
  7. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    How would your usage be at the years when usage reverts back to 0 every time you charge it? Listening to the iPod absolutely increases usage, I just tested it.
  8. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    The counter resets every time you fully charge the phone, using the phone is using it, when the screen is locked and it's not being used that's standby- using data or not is irrelevant.
  9. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    I've seen my usage counter continue to rise even when in the lock screen with my music turned off.

    I do have my notifications turned on for several applications such as Facebook, Mail and MSN Messenger. However the odd thing is that most of the time this usually won't count towards usage.

    I'm really puzzled about this because I've noticed this happening several times and I had to close all my apps or restart my phone to set it back to normal.
  10. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    I noticed this too, even when my phone is not being used/in sleep mode usage still goes up, very very little.

    I left house this morning with full charge. When I got to work about 25 mins later there was usage, VERY small le 2 mins.

  11. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    When in doubt, Google. ;)

    Usage: Amount of time iPhone has been awake and in use since the last full charge. The phone is awake when you’re on a call, using email, listening to music, browsing the web, or sending and receiving text messages, or during certain background tasks such as auto-checking email.

    Standby: Amount of time iPhone has been powered on since its last full charge, including the time the phone has been asleep

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